Lindsay: Less than 2 weeks and countingJanuary 4, 2012
Today, I was just assigned my housing and address for the first 6 weeks of my stay in India, and I will have a roommate from the U of M join me in the same house. Now I only hope the house, well apartment actually, does not have a servant. I was told many of the upper castes have servants. Some are even children looking to help make money for their families. These children often do not get an education. The family may chose to pay them back by providing them with an education. This this is very rare and usually happens when the servant is treated like a family member. Some servants may be treated like family members and may even sleep on an actual bed. However, they could potentially be treated like dirt and are forced to sleep on the hard ground, and that would be considered socially acceptable. It would be incredibly rude of me to even make any gesture of sympathy for them.